Muslim journalists seek fair portrayal of Islam in Nigerian media

Muslim media practitioners honour Oloyede; seek fair portrayal of Islam in Nigerian media

Muslim media practitioners at the weekend urged the Nigerian media to ensure fair portrayal of Islam and Muslims in the country.

This was part of the resolution of journalists and scholars at the 2nd Annual Conference of Muslims Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Lagos State Chapter.

The event held on Saturday at the Multipurpose Hall of the Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque, Ikeja.

Speaking at the event, a veteran journalist, Liad Tella, said that reportage of Muslims and Islamic issues suffered setbacks because the Nigerian media was mainly dominated by non-Muslims.

In his lecture titled, ”Analysis of Reportage of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria”, Mr.Tella urged Muslims to shun incompetence and embrace professionalism so as to win the respect and admiration of non-Muslims.

The journalist who is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, traced the origin of the Nigerian media.

“It is a fact that Muslims are not adequately represented in the media but we can make a difference by discouraging incompetence and embracing professionalism,” he said.

On his part, Lakin Akintola, Islamic scholar and right activist, accused the Nigerian media of misrepresenting Muslims on several occasions.

Mr. Akintola, a professor, urged Nigerian Muslims to endeavour to own media houses, while advising the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to sanction erring journalists who deliberately disseminate falsehoods.

“The Nigerian media has been most unfair to Muslims in Nigeria, and I will advise that Muslim journalists should increase ownership of media houses,” he said.

“Sometimes Muslims are deliberately shut out from the media on issues that concern them, while at other times we see parochial representation of Islam and the Nigerian Muslims.

“It is now common to hear Muslims being referred to as terrorists in the media; that is condemnable.

“The NUJ also needs to wield the big stick and sanction media houses that misrepresent religions or incite violence,” he advised.

The Chairman on the occasion, Lai Olurode, urged Muslim journalists to be more active in projecting the true essence of Islam as a religion of peace.

Mr. Olurode, a professor at the University of Lagos, argued that the concept of Nigerian media could not be established in the same sense as, say, the British media. He, also, implored Muslims to be active in the media, stressing that they will have to tell their stories themselves.

“We have not been very active as Muslim media practitioners, and we cannot expect any other person to tell our stories for us,” he said.

“We do not need to float our own media houses before we can be heard, we should endeavour to improve our visibility and be more active in projecting Islam in the media,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, advised Muslims to strive to own and control their own media houses.

Mr. AbdulLateef, who represented Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, also urged Muslims to take more active roles in politics so as to affect society positively.

In his contribution, Mumini Alao, a sports journalist and publisher, urged the association to take concrete steps in addressing perceived stereotypical portrayal in the media.

Mr. Alao said the Press Council and others media regulatory agencies could be intimated of unprofessional conducts on the part of defaulting media outfits.

The high point of the event was the presentation of awards to the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Isiaq Oloyede. Mr. Oloyede, a professor, was recognised for his outstanding leadership traits as head of JAMB.

Similarly, Ashiat Abdulkareem, a multiple award-winning female Muslim student in Lagos State, was honoured as the ‘Face of Hijab’ for her contributions to the struggle for the recognition of Hijab rights in Nigeria.


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  • Adekunle

    A right step.Keep it up

  • thusspokez

    Muslim media practitioners

    Dross! What next, Sunni media practitioners, Shiite media practitioners or perhaps Wahhabi media practitioners?

  • Ilpalazzo

    in other words, a deceitful taqiyya version to lure people in

  • Jon

    To portray Islamic fundamentalists as what?

    • obiora

      As Jihadists of course. Are you going to lie.?

  • omo56

    Where was the Muslim press and Imams when killers of the lady who was beheaded were set free? Your silence makes you accomplices in her murder. Not only in her murder in the way your Holy Book is interpreted and acted upon by the Sharia states as to the treatment of non Muslims in those states

    Another thing they need to do to rehabilitate the image of Muslim in Nigeria is to disavow the speech given by the Emir of Sokoto (Head of the Muslims in Nigeria), defending the killer Fulani herdsmen.

    The Emir, who had remained silent through all the killings done by Fulani herdsmen came out as head of the Muslims to say that Fulani will defend themselves, nothing about thousands killed by Fulani herdsmen and thousands displaced internally

    So, please have a talk with the emir, have him separate his role as head of the Fulani from his role as leader of Muslims in Nigeria

  • Bassey Frank

    You are debilitating jokers. The fact that you raised this shows there is something wrong with Islam. Why is this not said of Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism ….?

  • PolyGon2013

    Islam is a gutter religion. Drop this Arab rag head religion

  • Patrick Wilson

    If you want to see a fair representation of Islam in Nigerian media, talk about burning children alive, raping young schoolgirls, beheading and shooting Christians for not knowing garbage verses out of the Quran.All of that and WORSE would be a COMPLETELY FAIR REPRESENTATION of Islam in Nigeria! #TRUTH

  • obiora

    But ther is nothing in Nigeria Good to say about Islam or Muslims. They are Terrorist and Murderers.Black people must stop to be part of that Blood Organisation. I can not call it religion.

  • tide1983

    Dear People of the word…..

    Do you know the truth about….. Islam?

    Or do you think it’s about

    Bombing planes and killing innocent people…..?

    Forget about the lies…..

    I’ am here to tell you how it really is…..

    You deserve to know the truth

    About this beautiful way of life…..

    People of the world

    Islam is all about peace

    Terrorism it doesn’t teach

    Its all about love and family and charity

    And praying to one God

    This is Islam

    It’s something you should know…..

    I know it’s really helped me grow

    It does away with greed, filth, arrogance

    And teaches us morality

    A perfect way to live…..

    So don’t believe all you see and hear

    Too many people wear a title of a Muslim…..

    But they don’t practice Islam…..

    People of the world

    Islam is all about peace

    Terrorism it doesn’t teach

    Its all about love and family and charity

    And praying to one God

    This is Islam

    And it teaches us the creator’s made this life for us a test…..

    And if we follow truth and do good deeds, He’ll reward us in the Next…..

    If we remember God & teach each other the truth and patience in His way

    Together we can live… peace…..

    This is Islam

    Lyrics by Yusuf Islam

    Please Google peace tv and visit the FAQ section for answers to the questions you may have about Islam.